Anthropological Perspectives



Anthropology in a broad sense can be defined as the study of diversity through time and across space. It comprises two main fields: biological anthropology, which deals with biological diversity, and sociocultural anthropology, which deals with sociocultural diversity. Table 1 compares the characteristics of both anthropological approaches. This chapter explores the second field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aix-Marseille UniversityAix-en-ProvenceFrance

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